Depicted is the father of William, Beatrice and Ada Beattie. Beatrice and Ada are the subjects of two other drawings in the AGNSW collection.
William B Beattie (born 1871) was a musician, actor and writer. After he and Lambert met, they formed a life-long friendship. Lambert illustrated Beattie's story 'The love story of Tamar Niell'. In a tribute to his friend, Beattie wrote in the Lambert memorial issue of 'Art in Australia' in 1930:
'Clean, wholesome, strong and good to look at; truly the young Siegfried; and, above all, happy. That was the keynote to the real Lambert - happiness; he was glad he was alive.'
excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005
Man seated (Mr W. Beattie)
19.7 x 16.2 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Society of Artists Spring Exhibition (1898), Vickery's Chambers, Sydney, 27 Aug 1898–Sep 1898
George Washington Lambert (1873-1930), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Aug 1962–22 Oct 1962
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005
Referenced in 3 publications
Anne Gray, George Lambert (1873-1930) catalogue raisonné: paintings and sculpture, drawings in public collections, Perth, 1996, 145. cat.no. D12
Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 129 (colour illus.).
Society of Artists, Society of Artists Spring Exhibition (1898), Sydney, Sep 1898. cat.no. 52; titled 'Pencil portraits'